When Donald Trump’s name is spoken, “one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs” comes to mind. He covers all areas of business including gaming, sports, entertainment and real estate.
Trump truly astounds the country with his consistent perseverance in all aspects of his work.
He is unique in the fact that he is the poster child for the age-old saying “the sky is the limit.”
In 2004, Donald Trump teamed up with Mark Burnett Productions and NBC to create the now infamous reality TV show “The Apprentice.” Trump not only produced this show, but he was also the star.
He is especially well known for his famous line, “you’re fired!” which has gone on to be one of television’s most used slogans.
“Everything he seems to touch turns to gold,” proudly exclaimed Trump’s father.
Not too many would disagree with this statement.
Since “The Apprentice” was rated the number one show on television just last year, Trump has come back to the entertainment world with something even bigger and better. His new show, “The Celebrity Apprentice,” aired for the first time in the beginning of this year and has been a great success.
In contrast to “The Apprentice,” Trump’s contestants are not competing for a job, but instead are raising $1 million for various charities throughout the entire season.
The prizes for the winner are being crowned “The Celebrity Apprentice” and being able to deliver a $250,000 check to their charity of choice.
This year’s cast, comprised of 14 contestants, originally included Darryl Strawberry, Cyndi Lauper, Bret Michaels, Sharon Osbourne, Michael Johnson, Holly Robinson Peete, Bill Goldberg, Carol Leifer, Sinbad, Summer Sanders, Rod Blagojevich, Maria Kanellis, Curtis Stone and Selita Ebanks.
Since the beginning of the season, one celebrity has been eliminated each week.
Trump participated in a conference call with various college newspapers prior to the season’s start, answering questions from student journalists.
Q: What is your selection process like, in regards to the celebrities cast on the show?
A: “You know, after the first success and then the Joan Rivers success of those two shows – celebrities want to be on the show. I would say probably six or seven people per spot we were turning down.
We wanted some athletes, we wanted some actors, actresses, we have models, we have wrestlers – we have a beautiful wrestler and a big wrestler, Goldberg and Maria – Maria is a beautiful woman who’s a wrestler with the WWE and their big star.
It’s been a very interesting process. But the hardest thing [is that] we have some good people that want to go on very badly, and I guess maybe we’ll save them for the next show.”
Q: How is this season going to be different from past seasons?
A: “Frankly, when you have a success you don’t like to do too many changes, [but] what we do have is there has been a different tone.
Now as you know, everything has not been shot so I can’t tell you how it ends, but the cast has been very interesting.
They’ve been very tough, very nasty, but there’s also a lot of fun and funniness with respect to what happens, which I don’t think we had in the last one with Joan as an example and with Piers.
It was really nasty, people really hating each other.
These people hate each other but it’s also funny; there’s something funny about it that I didn’t have in the first two so I think that might be the biggest differentiation in terms of, you know, the three casts.”
Q: After the hiatus, how do you feel going back in the boardroom, and what does it feel like for you the first time you say, “You’re fired?”
A: “When we started off it became so successful that NBC decided to do three in one season,
And I just have a great kick out of it, you know, I get a great kick.
I really like it a lot. They want to renew it for another two or three seasons. And, you know, we’re thinking about that. But for me it’s been a lot of fun.
And having a little bit of a break between shows like American Idol where it goes on once a year, you know, there’s something very nice about it.”
Stephanie Draifinger is a student at West Chester University. She can be reached at SD618671@wcupa.edu.